eMirror Vol 24, No. 25 (2020-06-19)


Part of the monastery rooftop garden, Photograph by Saigyo inooing kinhin
Part of the monastery rooftop garden,
Photograph by Saigyo ino

eMirror Vol 24, No. 25

Friday, June 19th, 2020
Edited by Ven. Jinmyo Renge osho

The White Wind Zen Community:
An international community practising and teaching Dogen’s Zen since 1985.

Old Stonehead tries to clarify this. He says:

Banmotsu onozukara kō ari.
Masani yō to sho to o yubeshi.

All things have their own value
and are related each to the other in action and place.

Banmotsu means "myriad" or "many things", "the myriad things." Onozukara is the word that we must be silent about: it means "naturally" or "spontaneously", so sshhh…. Kō means "virtue, ability": that which makes something what it is because it is this activity. Ari means "has". Masani actually means "actually". Yō means "function". Sho is "this place". Yubeshi means "you should". So, it implies that you really should know that right here everything is working spontaneously, naturally, without effort – and you must TRY to understand this, you must KATSU [Roshi shouts] to understand this; you must exert yourself to release yourself. And in releasing yourself you release yourself as the exertion of reality.

Now the term kō means "virtue or ability" and the term yo means "function". The word yō goes together with the word ri which means "principle, context, knowing". And kō, or "virtue", goes together with ji, which means "thing, appearance, content or knowns". And so everything moves as kōyō – "functioning virtue": the activity of that which never moves.

Right here and right now are themselves this kōyō. You, yourself, ARE this kōyō. Waking Up is not a matter of good or bad, up or down, going someplace else in order to be enlightened. It is not a matter of turning things inside out or upside down. It is feeling the foot, breathing the breath, and living as that which lives as you.

Please, this morning, Wake Up!

-Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi, concluding teisho 3: "Waking Up is Not a Matter of 'Up'", Saturday, August 24th, 1996 in the teisho series "Studying the Mystery", Commentaries on Shitou Xiqian's "Sandokai".

Upcoming Events

June 24th, July 8th and 22nd

The Roshi is currently in an extended period of "self-isolation" due to underlying health issues until the COVID-19 situation clarifies.

Yaza (all night sitting) will take place on Saturday, July 11th from 10 p.m. until Sunday July 12th at 8 a.m.

Beginning Instruction in Zen Practice:
For information concerning our Long-distance Training Program, please visit this Web Page: https://wwzc.org/long-distance-training-program


Elizabeth Eve sat a one-day retreat on Thursday, June 11th, at her home in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Carol Hodgson sat a one-day retreat on Thursday, June 11th, at her home in Ottawa. Tracey Parker sat a partial retreat on Saturday, June 13th at her home in Perth, Ontario. Claude Schryer sat a one-day retreat on Saturday, June 13th at his home in Duhamel, Quebec.

Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, it is not possible at this time to schedule retreats in the monastery. If you would like to sit a retreat at home please follow the schedule outlined in this page:  https://wwzc.org/retreat-schedule-public-students. We can arrange for a telephone interview or daisan providing this does not conflict with the sesshin or O-sesshin schedule listed above, under “Upcoming Events”. 

Listening to Teisho

​Associate and general students should continue to follow the recorded Teachings schedule for the sitting you were attending at the monastery, and listen to that during your home practice. 

You can access the online Recorded Teachings Library at wwzc.org/recorded-teachings-schedule.

You can also use the streaming site at app.wwzc.org to live stream recordings from the online Library. If you have forgotten your password or need assistance with accessing the recorded Teachings, please email schedule@wwzc.org.

Please note that teisho should be listened to in the correct order and with none missed out as themes, metaphors, questions raised and answered evolve in spirals throughout the series.

Recorded Teachings Schedule

Saturday, June 20th to Saturday, June 27th

Saturday, June 20th: “Bowing and Receiving”: Zen Master Anzan Hoshin's Commentaries on Dogen zenji's "Raihai Tokuzui: Bowing and Acquiring the Essence": Moshan" (5 of 13)
Sunday, June 21st: SAkN "Questioning the Enigma" by Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi: "To Be and Not to Be" (2 of 4) 
Monday, June 22nd: "Freedom and Tyranny" by Ven. Shikai Zuiko sensei: "The Language of Self-image" (3 of 4) 
Thursday, June 25th: “Before Thinking: Foundations of Zen Practice” by Zen Master Anzan Hoshin: “Pivot"(55 of 71)
Saturday, June 27th: “Bowing and Receiving”: Zen Master Anzan Hoshin's Commentaries on Dogen zenji's "Raihai Tokuzui: Bowing and Acquiring the Essence": "Miaoxin" (7 of 13)

Online Access to Recorded Teachings

Students can access the password-protected online Recorded Teachings library on the WWZC website at https://wwzc.org/recorded-teachings or through the streaming site at http://app.wwzc.org. The custom-built media streaming site allows students to live stream recordings from the WWZC Recorded Teachings collection. It is optimized for use on smartphones and tablets, and works with most modern browsers, including Chrome, Firefox, and Safari. It can also be used on desktops.

Photograph of Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi at Daijozan, mid-1980s, by Ven. Shikai Zuiko sensei
Photograph of Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi at Daijozan, mid-1980s,
by Ven. Shikai Zuiko sensei


Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi has recently completed translation work on some shorter texts by Eihei Dogen zenji from the Shobogenzo. The work on these particular texts is based upon the literal translations that he worked on with Joshu Dainen roshi at Hakukaze-ji around 1977-78 followed by many years of putting them down, picking them up, and polishing. Naturally, more essential texts such as Uji, Genjokoan, Shinjin Gakudo and some 40 others were completed first and have been given extensive commentaries by the Roshi. This batch of texts includes Baike: Plum Blossoms, Ryugin: Howling Dragon, and Udonge: The Udumbara Blossoming and many others are nearing completion. Many of these will be posted on our website over the next few months.

Newly-Presented Teachings

During the January 2020 Sesshin, Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi presented the following teisho as part of the ongoing series, "The Lineage of Luminosity: Part Two: The Lineage in China”:
          January 11th: “Rujing's Broken Broom of Mu”.
During the December 2019 Rohatsu O-sesshin, Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi presented the following teisho as part of the ongoing series, "The Lineage of Luminosity, Part Two: The Lineage in China”:
          December 2nd: Rujing’s Plum Blossoms Again
          December 3rd: Rujing’s Flower for Pindola
          December 4th: Rujing’s Painting Plum Blossoms
          December 5th: Rujing’s Frogs and Worms
Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi presented the following teisho during the November Sesshin, as part of the ongoing series, "The Lineage of Luminosity: Part Two: The Lineage in China”:
          November 9th: Rujing and the Old Plum Tree

Newly Posted Transcript on the WWZC Website

"Zen is Not Kidding" by Shikai Zuiko sensei https://wwzc.org/dharma-text/zen-not-kidding

Recorded Teachings for Public Access

While most of the online Recorded Teachings library is password-protected and only accessible to students of Zen Master Anzan Hoshin, a small selection of MP3 recordings of teisho are accessible to the public at https://wwzc.org/recorded-teachings. Additional recordings will be uploaded periodically.

MP3 recordings of five teisho are currently available:

Dharma Position https://wwzc.org/dharma-position
Eyes See, Ears Hear https://wwzc.org/eyes-see-ears-hear
Embarrassment https://wwzc.org/embarrassment
Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi's reading of his translation of Eihei Dogen zenji's “Bendowa: A Talk on Exerting the Way” https://wwzc.org/bendowa-talk-exerting-way



Painted Cakes
(do not satisfy hunger)

by Ven. Shikai Zuiko sensei

Continuing on with “Painted Cakes: A Zen Dictionary” a limited edition text written by Anzan Hoshin roshi in the 1980s and last revised in 1994.

Shinnen (J) “Truly human” or “true person”.

Questions can be sent to me, Shikai sensei, at shikai.sensei@gmail.com.

Office of the Tenzo

Dogen zenji taught in the Tenzokyokun that the work of preparing and serving meals is "a matter for realized monks who have the mind of the Way or by senior disciples who have roused the Way-seeking mind." In alignment with this, part of Zen Master Anzan Hoshin's samu for the Community involves personally overseeing the activities of the ancient office of tenzo. Ven. Jinmyo Renge osho serves as tenzo and Mishin ino and Saigyo tando offer assistance as tenzo-anja. 

Monday Yakuseki:
“Chicken tetrazzini” can be made with faux chicken or pressed deep-fried tofu just as well as chicken (cooked egg noodles combined with a sauce made from a roux with oat milk, chopped onions, chopped mushrooms, chopped parsley, faux chicken, topped with panko and baked until golden-brown); served with bok choy sauteed in a little butter with lime juice, salt and pepper.

Tuesday Yakuseki:
Penne with a tomato sauce made with hot Italian sausage meat, ground pork, garlic, chopped onion, passata, diced tomatoes, oregano, cumin, pepperoncini, basil, served with Parmesan cheese; salad of red and green leaf lettuce, monastery roof garden arugula, chunks of plum tomato and thinly sliced white onion; dressing for the salad was white balsamic vinegar mixed with grapeseed oil, salt, black pepper and garlic powder. 

Thursday Yakuseki:
Mixed grain (arborio, Calrose medium-grain, basmati, Thai and pearled barley) served with a choice of toasted sesame seeds or furikake; seaweed soup (wakame, thinly-sliced ginger, shoyu, mirin, sesame oil, roasted chili paste, strips of deep-fried tofu); monastery-made kimchi.


Drawing of monk bowing together in Gassho

Thank You

If you would like to thank someone for a contribution they have made, please feel free to send an email to Jinmyo osho at rengezo at Gmail dot com, but be sure to type "eMirror" in the subject line.

From Endai shuso:
Thank you to the Roshi for the teisho series “The Lineage of Luminosity, Part Two: The Lineage in China”, which is his commentary on Keizan zenji’s “Denkoroku”. During sesshin this past weekend we listened to a teisho about our Lineage Ancestor Shitou Xiqian and the reading of Keizan zenji’s teisho on Yaoshan Weiyan. Thank you to Jinmyo osho for leading sesshin, for instruction in daisan, and for delicious meals prepared by her in her role as Tenzo. Thank you to Mishin godo for preparing some of the meals during sesshin, and to Saigyo ino for assisting. 

From Marc Valade:
Thank you to the Practice Council for supporting Ottawa region students' practice from a distance during this period of physical distancing. Thank you to Mishin godo and Saigyo ino for meaningful practice interviews every two weeks, for their support throughout my periods of isolation, and for helping untangle my contractions and misunderstandings. Thank you to Mishin godo for suggesting the Pomodoro time management technique to better accomplish my work in a productive and yet sustainable way.